Police identify man killed in forklift accident

Police investigate the scene at a College Point warehouse where a worker was killed in a forklift accident. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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An East Elmhurst man, who was killed in a forklift accident at a College Point industrial firm last Thursday morning, was identified as 61-year-old Omar Baranhona, police said.

Baranhona was believed to have been operating a forklift at 28-00 College Point Blvd. at around 11 a.m. when the accident occurred, causing the machine to tip over and fall on the man, a spokesman for the NYPD said.

When officers arrived, they found Baranhona had suffered severe trauma to his body, cops said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The address where the accident occurred matches that of Raw Equipment Corp., a firm that offers a variety of products to the concrete construction industry.

Calls to the company were not returned as of Thursday evening.

In 2008, a similar incident led to the death of 13-year old Kevin Hrcka, who was inside a Ridgewood building supply company where his father worked.

Hrcka’s father was in another room changing his clothes when the boy sped off at full speed and tried to make too sharp a turn, causing the machine to tip over and crush him, police told TimesLedger Newspapers at the time of the incident.

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Warehouse worker from Flushing says:
I haved worked at raw for many years , it has always been very hazardous conditions , faulty broken down equipment between there trucks and forklifts , they should be prosecuted to the full extent! I had to leave because of the unsafe conditions I had to work under including no bathroom and no heat or lights in the warehouse!! This place is a real sweat shop in the first degree,!
Feb. 22, 2014, 10:47 am
Raw equipment from Flushing says:
I forgot to mention that raw attitude was if you don't like the
Work conditions you can leave , most people need a pay check so they stay but hazedous condition do exist at raw and if they hired the proper mechanic to fix the fork lifts this would never have happened ' they should close them down for good,
Feb. 22, 2014, 1:35 pm
Flexqube says:
When the companies finally begin to use tugger train carts for the safety of workers?
Jan. 18, 9:13 am

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